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Curriculum and Requirements

The iMSM will require 36 credit hours for completion - 24 of those hours will cover general business management core courses. The remaining 12 hours will be electives that you choose based on your interests and career aspirations.

    You can complete the program in 12-24 months.

    Online management courses in the iMSM are interactive. Professors engage with you personally, and working with classmates is routine through both an online global classroom and a series of team projects. Online learning and personalized instructor feedback offer you the best combination of quality and flexibility.

    Courses are structured to mirror how you’ll actually use them on the job. Material is designed for practical application—now and in the future. In fact, course material makes an immediate impact: You can apply at the office tomorrow what you learn in class today. On Monday, you might learn about Tableau in your analytics class and create a graphical data story for a presentation you make at work on Wednesday.

    Required Courses

    The curriculum includes 24 hours of required business fundamentals courses such as marketing, strategic business management, leadership, process management, global business, communicating with data, and finance.

      ACCY 503: Managerial Accounting

      Introduction to management accounting as part of the firm's information system, in terms of modern cost accounting and budgetary systems for planning and controlling business operations.

      BADM 508: Leadership and Teams

      Develops and integrates fundamental behavioral concepts and theory having administrative applications; initially focuses on the individual decision maker and ultimately includes interpersonal, organizational, and social structures and influences; and develops strategies and methods of research on behavioral applications in business.

      BADM 544: Strategic Management

      Policy construction and planning of policy implementation at the executive level; case studies of company-wide situations from the business management point of view; and integration and application of material from previous courses.

      BADM 567: Process Management

      Introductory course in decision-making problems in production; includes the theoretical foundations for production management as well as the applications of decision-making techniques to production problems in the firm; and considers production processes, plant layout, maintenance, scheduling, quality control, and production control in particular.

      BADM 520: Marketing Management

      Introduces concepts useful for understanding marketing systems and buyer behavior, and supports the development of skills for making marketing decisions. The orientation is primarily managerial and uses examples from both business and non-business contexts.

      FIN 500: Introduction to Financial Management

      This course provides an introduction to finance for students who have little or no background in the discipline. You will learn how managers and investors use key finance principles to make investment and financing decisions.

      Elective Options

      With the remaining 12 credit hours, students have the opportunity to customize their degree by taking elective courses focused on global business challenges as well as data-driven decision-making and communications. Elective options are subject to change based on the semester and faculty availability.

      • ACCY 500:  Financial Accounting
      • BADM 509:  Managing Organizations
      • BADM 589:  Project Management
      • MBA 546:  Global Business Horizons
      • MBA 547:  Global Impact: Cultural Psychology & Business Ethics
      • MBA 548:  Global Strategy
      • MBA 562:  Introduction to Data: Communicating with Data*
      • MBA 561:  Introduction to Data: Data & the Firm*
      • MBA 565: Infonomics

      Specializations Available

      The iMSM currently offers three specialization options as noted below.

      Business Value and Project Management

      • ACCY 500: Financial Accounting
      • BADM 509: Managing Organizations
      • BADM 589: Project Management

      Global Business Challenges

      • MBA 546: Global Business Horizons
      • MBA 547: Global Impact: Cultural Psychology & Business Ethics
      • MBA 548: Global Strategy

      Business Data Management and Communication

      • ACCY 500: Financial Accounting
      • MBA 562: Introduction to Data: Communicating with Data*
      • MBA 561: Introduction to Data: Data & the Firm*
      • MBA 565: Infonomics

      *Denotes a 2 Credit Hour Course




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      What an average week looks like in the iMSM

      • Complete the On-Demand Component: Get the fundamentals. Complete a weekly module and assignment that develops your core business knowledge.
      • Attend the Live Session: Join the global classroom. Attend and participate in a live lecture with your professor and classmates.
      • Complete Individual or Team Project: Apply what you learn. Complete a weekly assignment designed by your professor.


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